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NC Demos April Blog Hop

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Welcome to our monthly NC Demos blog hop!  Thank you for joining us.  You may have just come from  Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, and I know she had something fun to share with you.

I’d like to start off by saying Welcome Spring! It’s finally here and so far it’s been pretty pleasant!  Spring can be so iffy weather wise, it can be cold and wet or warm and sunny, sometimes on the same day, lol!  When Spring arrives it brings with it several holidays and events.   There’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,  Memorial Day,  graduations, weddings, etc.   We were to pick a Spring event for our theme this month and I decided to pick Father’s Day.  And I also chose to pick one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Lovely As A Tree.  I am so very sad that this set will officially retire at the end of May.  It has been a go-to set for me for many, many occasions.  If you don’t have this in your collection, I urge you to get it.  It’s such a versatile stamp set.

I also wanted to use another retiring favorite, the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper.  It’s another great item that can be used so many ways.  The prints are so authentic and you get 48 6×6 pieces!  So it goes a long way too!  I’m definitely going to stock up on more of this for my private stash before it’s gone.  And if you love it as much as I do, I’d suggest you do the same!
Wood Texture DSP

I started out by punching several pieces of the DSP, using as many different patterns as I could.  I laid them out on a piece of 4′ x 5.25′ Very Vanilla cardstock until I had a pattern I was happy with.  Then I attached them with double-sided adhesive.

I then turned that over and trimmed off all the pieces that were hanging over the Very Vanilla layer.  Then that layer was placed on the card base using dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the Oak Tree image on to one of the patterns from the DSP pack and used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut that image and also a larger sized circle of Soft Suede.  Using scraps, I cut a strip of Soft Suede and stamped World’s Best Father from the Itty Bitty Greetings set.  To give it more of a rugged appearance, I used my fingernail to rough up both edges of the strip.  That was then taped to the card base and I added 2 Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the dark Soft Suede Blends on either side of the sentiment.  The Oak Tree circle layered on to the Soft Suede circle and it was applied to the card base using dimensionals.

 

Happy Father's Day with Lovely As A Tree Happy Father’s Day using Lovely As A Tree

 

 

 

 

This is a great layout for using up any extra DSP you have lying around.  The most time-consuming part was deciding which patterns to use!  I am going to make several of them using various packs of DSP and just save them for future card projects.

I hope you enjoyed this simple card!  Please continue on through the blog hop and visit our next talented demonstrator,  Anita Trippi. She always has amazing projects!

And remember that we are nearing the end of our current Annual Catalog.  The items that are retiring are only available while supplies last, so take a look at the Last Chance Product section on my website and order your favorites before they are gone for good!

 

 

 Toni Campana <<YOU ARE HERE>>

Anita Trippi

Tina Lesson

Jo Anne Hewins

Laurie Meier

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley

 

 

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Did someone say SALE??!!

Who doesn’t love a sale?? I know I do, it’s the first place I head in any store that I’m shopping in, lol!  Well, you can shop a terrific sale right from the comfort of your own home.  Stampin’ UP! has added lots of new items to their Clearance Rack.  Take a look below but if there’s anything you see here that you just need to add to your stash, don’t delay because these products are only available while supplies last!!

And don’t forget to use this Host Code WQDWNCQZ to be entered into my Mystery Host drawing at the end of April!!

Spider Trinkets

$6.00
$2.40

Spooky Bats Punch

$18.00
$10.80

Snowflake Trinkets

$8.00
$3.20

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

$39.00
$23.40

Santa's Bags

$10.00
$4.00

Jute Twine

$5.50
$2.20

Galvanized Clips

$6.00
$2.40

Blizzard Thinlits Die

$28.00
$16.80

Bell Punch

$18.00
$10.80

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Teaching an old dog…well, you know the rest

I started playing around with this blog months ago (I’m embarrassed to say just how many!), but just felt so overwhelmed that I backed away from the keyboard.  I already had a blog that is tied to my Stampin’ UP! website and I taught myself how to use that.  I’ll tell you, it wasn’t easy.  I’d stumble, fall down and pick myself up and try again.  And I finally felt fairly comfortable using the blog feature, so much so that I offered training for some of my demonstrator friends.  I was pretty happy that I had figured out how to use it and could share that skill with others who were struggling with it.  And wouldn’t you know it,  just as I started to get ready to roll out some structured training, we found out that Stampin’ UP! is going to do away with the blogging feature of our website.  I immediately went into panic mode!! We knew that things were going to be updated  but since so many demonstrators had already decided to use different blogging platforms,  SU! didn’t feel that the effort it would take to overhaul our existing format was time and money well spent.  They encouraged us to find a platform that was more user-friendly.   And since the existing blog will be going away in a few short weeks, it was the push I needed to figure out how to use my Word Press blog.

So, that brings me to where I am now…learning a new blogging tool.  I used to do software training when I worked in the corporate world and I really did enjoy it.  I liked learning how to use all the features and then showing others how to use them.  Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of challenges involved but there was great satisfaction in finally feeling comfortable using a new tool.  So that’s what I’ll be doing over the new few weeks, learning how to use the tools with this new platform.  And to be honest, it hasn’t been terrible so far.  I think I’ve got the basics down, I just need to delve into the more complex options to make sure I’m using this blog to it’s fullest capacity.   I have duplicated all the posts from my Stampin’ UP! blog over to this blog, you’ll see them listed in the Archive section.  Take a look and catch up!

I do think it’s important to learn something new every day, and it doesn’t have to be something major. Little things count too. I think this is one of the things I enjoy about crafting is that I do continually learn new things. My main interest is paper crafting but I like doing other things. The first craft I ever learned was how to do embroidery and I was taught by my maternal grandmother.  She embroidered a lot of things, pillow cases, table covers, chair arm covers (remember those??). And she loved to crochet and tried to teach me but I was never able to get the hang of it back then. I’ve also learned to cross stitch, sew (made a lot of my own clothes while in High School), decorated cakes, t-shirt painting, knitting and I did finally tackle crocheting again although I’m still very much a beginner. But paper crafting and card making have been a staple for me. I love giving hand made cards. I can personalize them to the recipient based on their likes. And the feedback that I get reminds me that people do still like to get mail! Let’s face it, we all get tired of bills and advertisements every day. A hand made card breaks the monotony and hopefully puts a smile on their faces.

So, getting back to the topic at hand, you are never too old to learn something new. If you’ve never tried creating a card from scratch, you are missing out!  I would love to help you experience it. I hold monthly classes at my home and I’d love to show you how easy it is to create a beautiful handmade card. You have nothing to lose and might find that you enjoy this craft as much as I do!  There’s a minimal monthly fee to attend which covers materials and project preparation.  You can find my schedule by clicking on the Upcoming Events option at the top of this blog.  For those who are not local, do not despair!  I am planning on starting to do some online sessions as well, probably through Facebook Live and also doing video segments that I hope to be posting to YouTube sometime soon.  I hope you’ll join me there as well.

Thanks for visiting me in this new “home” for my blog.  I would love for you to subscribe so that you don’t miss any future posts.  You’ll find that option on the sidebar.  And remember to always keep learning!

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